A fresh bill appearing in the New York state Assembly aims to establish a legislative task force regarding the states proposed online sports betting.

Bill A10322, introduced by first-term assemblymember Clyde Vanel, would come into effect should the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which currently prohibits sports betting, be overturned, with a decision by the United States Supreme Court in the current New Jersey case expected in the coming months.

Detailing duties to be carried out by the task force, the bill states: “A legislative task force on online sports betting is hereby established to:

  • Identify policies and programs that mitigate the risks and consequences associated with online sports betting and promote responsible gaming  practices for all online sports betting activities authorised in New York state.
  • Recommend policies and procedures to be promulgated in regulations by the New York state gaming commission and its divisions to ensure responsible online sports betting in all facilities licensed or enfranchised by such commission or divisions.
  • Recommend a structure by which all online sports betting regulations promulgated by the commission or its divisions shall be enforced, including but not limited to penalties for violations of regulatory standards and corrective action.
  • Identify methods to measure effectiveness of any online sports betting procedures implemented in New York state.”

An established task force would consist of ten members, each with experience of appropriate areas in relation to online sports wagering and problem gambling, and would be mostly picked by legislature, with one member either coming from or being appointed by the New York State Gaming Commission.

A report carried out by the task force, detailing all findings and recommendations, would be delivered by December 31 2019, with it also detailed that “at the completion of all duties described herein the legislative task force shall be dissolved.”

This follows proposals put forward by Senator John J Bonacic, chairman of the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, seeking to amend the racing, pari-mutuel wagering and breeding law to permit sports betting, should PASPA be overturned.